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The Annual WRTI/Astral Artists Block Party Is On The Radio!

WRTI/Astral Radio Block Party

Join us on September 18th at 11 AM during Saturday Morning Classical Coffeehouse for the 4th Annual WRTI/Astral Block Party, live on the air! Get set to meet four of Astral’s stellar musicians in an intriguing, high-energy program. WRTI’s Debra Lew Harder is your host.

Artists include pianist Christopher Goodpasture, flutist Antonina Styczen, cellist Thomas Mesa, and the one-of-a-kind ARKAI String Duo on electric violin and cello. Astral’s Executive Director Lourdes Starr-Demers will also chime in. Read about Astral here.


Christopher Goodpasture, piano

  • Toru Takemitsu / John Lennon and Paul McCartney: "Golden Slumbers"
  • Frederico Mompou / Arcadi Volodos:"Damunt de tu només les flors" (Over Your Body Only the Blossoms)

Antonina Styczen, flute

  • Eunike Tanzil: Letters From Behind The Veil
  • Alisson Loggins-Hull: Have and Hold

Tommy Mesa, cello

  • Rachmaninoff: Sonata in G minor for cello and piano, Op. 19, IV. Allegro mosso (excerpt)
  • Andrea Casarrubios: Mensajes del Agua, (Andrea Casarrubios, piano)

ARKAI String Duo:
Jonathan Miron, electric violin; Philip Sheegog, cellist

  • Aurora (composed by ARKAI)

Warm up for the Radio Block Party with these videos:

Pianist Christopher Goodpasture:

Antonina Styczen:

Thomas Mesa:

ARKAI String Duo: